JACINTO • Below the new solar and storied historical past of a neighborhood political custom, some principally Alcorn County lawmakers weren’t passionate about tackling medical marijuana in a particular session.
On the annual Jacinto July 4th Celebration occasion, held on Saturday, a handful of native legislators informed the Each day Journal they like addressing medical hashish and the voter referendum course of throughout subsequent 12 months’s common legislative session.
State Rep. Nick Bain, R-Corinth, stated he isn’t outright against going particular into session to deal with marijuana and the initiative course of, however believes lawmakers ought to in all probability simply wait to deal with each points starting subsequent 12 months, as an alternative of this summer time.
“If we don’t have a particular session to deal with these points — the initiative course of and medical marijuana — I believe these have to be the primary issues we deal with after we return to our common session,” Bain stated.
Bain stated he didn’t have any particular measures that he would particularly wish to see in a program as a result of he has not been lively in drafting any laws on the difficulty.
Sometimes, the Legislature is in session on the Capitol in Jackson from January to April. However the governor can name a particular session at any time to deal with a specific subject.
After the Mississippi Supreme Court docket struck down the state’s initiative course of over technicalities and dominated that the state’s medical marijuana program was improperly positioned on the poll, advocates of medical marijuana have urged the governor to name a particular session.
State Sen. Rita Potts Parks, R-Corinth, echoed lots of Bain’s sentiments. Parks stated she desires to see the state get a medical marijuana program “proper” as an alternative of speeding a program.
Regardless of her reticence to return to a particular session, Parks, who’s a member of the Senate Public Well being Committee, stated the difficulty must be addressed.
“A big share of individuals within the state voted for medical marijuana,” Parks stated. “We do have to take care of this.”
Parks stated she want to see restricted locations within the state the place marijuana might be bought and permit native governments some zoning management over marijuana dispensaries of their communities.
State Rep. Lester “Bubba” Carpenter, R-Burnsville, was extra frank in his view of such a session. Carpenter stated although there’s lots of power and anticipation across the subject, he believes the Legislature ought to take its time and consider medical marijuana applications different states have carried out.
“We actually want to review this factor,” Carpenter stated. “We don’t have to invent the wheel. We have to tailor ours to our wants, and we have to get it proper.”
For the reason that state’s highest courtroom struck the marijuana program down, the Senate Public Well being Committee has performed two hearings to try to decide what kind of marijuana program the state ought to have and what laws must be in place.
Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has beforehand stated that he’s in favor of calling lawmakers again into session to deal with medical marijuana, however provided that lawmakers can agree on this system’s specifics beforehand.